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‘The Duel by Iberia Plus’ – can you really earn 15,000 Avios?

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I posted last week about a new Iberia promotion that allowed you to earn a whopping 15 Avios points (!).

There was a reason for this, though, as earning 15 points would ‘activate’ your Iberia Plus account. This means you can transfer Avios to/from British Airways and so book Iberia redemptions at the lower levels of taxes charged by Iberia Plus.

The full English version of this promotion has now been launched – ‘The Duel by Iberia Plus’. See here for full details.

Iberia promotion

Basically, the more Iberia Plus partners you use between now and the end of July, the more bonus Avios you will earn:

150 Avios when you use your card with 4 Partners
750 Avios when you use your card with 5 Partners
1,500 Avios when you use your card with 6 Partners
6,750 Avios when you use your card with 7 Partners
9,000 Avios when you use your card with 8 or 9 Partners
15,000 Avios when you use your card with 10 or more Partners

You have probably already noticed the flaw in this promotion. It is very, very unrewarding unless you can reach at least 7 (different) partners!

What partners are there?

Well, there are 26 hotel chains and car rental companies on the list. A lot of these are local Spanish groups, though. And, of course, you may be losing out in the first place by crediting hotel stays and car rentals to Iberia rather than taking points in the relevant scheme.

(It seems that you can get an easy credit from Melia by buying 1,000 Melia points for €8 and transferring them into 15 Avios!)

Of the Financial partners, only an Amex Membership Rewards transfer is possible for a UK resident.

Of the Shopping partners, only making a purchase at Bicester Village will earn you Avios.

None of the Leisure and Health & Care partners are any use here. There may be a way of buying a cinema ticket online and earning a nominal sum of Avios for it, but again you are spending money which devalues your eventual bonus.

Of the ‘Other’ partners, Sheffield Centre offers 50 Avios if you order their language courses brochure – but its not clear if they will post it abroad.

I can only see this working well if you are doing a large amount of business travel, in Spain probably, and can reach the required number of partners primarily via hotel stays. For the rest of us, I don’t think it is worth the trouble.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (15)

  • oliver says:

    So I’ve been doing this everyday and 5 x 15 points posted at once. so I guess you get them in lumps when they feel like crediting them